Women are accepted in business circles but are not expected to act in a domineering way with male colleagues.

Women managers are expected to be highly competent and assert their authority in a professional but restrained manner. Any aggressive or confrontational acts from women colleagues are likely to be viewed as a challenge to the machismo of any male co-workers.

Expatriate female managers should expect to encounter little, if any, gender bias.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in the Philippines

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in the Philippines. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in the Philippines and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips